The group "Citizens for Safe Cycling" has released its 2012 report on cycling in the city.
The report gives unflattering grades to the city on various bike-related issues and comes as "Bike to Work" month begins.
"The city's made a lot of progress in the last few years, but if we really want to be a bike city we need to make a lot more," said Alec deVries, Vice President of the group.
The report states:
- Many bike lanes end unexpectedly and the city needs to address "missing links" that force cyclists into traffic. The group wants "a completely connected network instead of individual segments."
- On and off-ramps of the 416 and 417 highways are barriers to cyclists because of hills and bike lanes that direct cyclists between two lanes of fast moving vehicles.
- The city needs to address snow clearing on lanes, traffic signals that are "impractical" and insufficient bike parking.
- The city has done a good job of expanding bike parking, including covered parking, but many businesses have had to install bike parking for employees because the city is not keeping up with the demand.
The city of Ottawa is developing a major east-west cycling corridor to connect Vanier to Westboro. Most of the work is scheduled to be finished by the fall of 2014.